Throwback: The best goalkeeping performance from an outfield player?
One of the most thrilling sights in football occurred last night, as Manchester City defender, Kyle Walker was forced to go in goal.
Naturally, photos of the England international in the sticks went viral, taking us back to what might be the best ever performance from an outfield player in goal. Step forward, Cosmin Moti.
Now a Ludogorets legend, the defender was playing for the Bulgarian side in a crucial qualifying match for the Champions League group stage. Taking on Steaua Bucharest, Moti’s side we slight underdogs in truth, having never before reached the group stage in their history.
So, when their goalkeeper was sent off, minutes before a penalty shoot-out, disaster seemed to have struck. Out of subs, Moti went in goal, pulling on the reserve goalkeeper shirt for a penalty shootout in front of the vibrant 8,000 fans onlooking. You know what comes next…
Cosmin Moti made two penalty saves and scored his own spot-kick, writing himself into European football folklore forever, cueing the scenes above. Ludogorets would go on to enjoy their first-ever appearance in the Champions League group stage, upsetting Liverpool on their European adventure that season.